Thank Crunchie it’s Saturday!
16th February 2019
The wind picked up slightly in the early hours of this morning so I was able to get a couple hours rest before beginning the day which marks 6 weeks at sea.
Imagine everything you have done over the past month and a half and then imagine spending all that time alone on a 21ft boat rowing for a minimum of 12hrs per day (usually more) in blazing sunshine, pouring rain, no wind, 33kts of wind and whatever else the elements bring. Let me tell you this has not been an easy journey, now I know why hardly anyone has ever done it.
I am struggling today. I have a headache which I think has been caused by not drinking enough water and not wearing a hat yesterday. I have obviously upped my fluids and put on a hat today but too late for the headache.
I have also pulled some kind of muscle just under my rib cage so it’s pretty painful to row. Despite all this I have no option other than to get on the oars and row. Every hour I am not rowing adds time at the other end and now the end is in sight I am really excited to get there.
Up until this point time has flown by, now time seems to be going very slowly. I am starting to run on empty and need to find some reserves as I still have a week to ten days to go, I know I will find it but it’s going to be a long tough slog.
What did brighten my day was finding a pack of Crunchie bars I forgot I packed. That was an amazing find. I actually shouted “oh my god, Crunchies!!!” I don’t know who to, but it was worth shouting about.
I was also really pleased to hear about my mum and Lucy taking part in a litter pick in my neighbouring town of Maldon. The event was organised under the row Aurora campaign and 16 people turned up which is amazing. Thank you to everyone who took part especially my Mum and Lucy from the happy hearts keep fit class. What better way to keep fit than go on a litter pick.
I also got to open my weekly letter from Molly and Rosie, this one was drawing of countries, so if I get lost I can use these. I only have one letter left to go. They really have helped me to mark each week and give me something to look forward to.
Well I am hoping to get some rest in tonight to get rid of this headache, so I am keeping my fingers crossed for an uneventful evening. Hopefully a bit of rest and minus a headache might make tomorrow a bit easier going.
Editor’s Note: Since I shall be travelling throughout Monday, the next blog post will be late, and some comments on this post will not appear until Tuesday.